Community Service activities and Outreach programs have always been part of the school life in SSIS. We believe community service work allows students to learn experientially, especially with values such as caring, kindness and empathy. All students, from upper primary level onwards, are involved in community service activities. The following are some examples of the our community involvement:
Stepping Stones is a not-for-profit charitable organization registered in Hong Kong and Shanghai whereby its mission is to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantage children in China. Many of the SSIS senior students volunteered their time going to the migrate schools during the weekends to provide English teaching to the migrate students.
Between October to November 2015, about 500 SSIS students contributed over 500 bags filled with learning materials and daily necessities given to the migrate kids studying in the less-privileged schools with little or poor facilities. Through this event, our students not only brought warmth and joy to the less privileged kids but brought home with them a life–time learning experience that is likely to affect their decision to “wanting more” and appreciating what they already have.
Stepping Stone’s I-Care program is to improve the vision of disadvantaged children in China in order to increase their chance of educational success, through the free provision of essential eye care equipment and services. During the International Family Bazaar day on 13 November 2016, more than 200 students set up food/ game booths to help raise fund for the I-Care program. A total of RMB65,000 was raised.
Habitat for Humanity is an international aid organization with the goal of providing the needy people with affordable houses. For the past few years, SSIS students have been working as volunteers to help the needy people in building homes. Many students regard the trip as one of the most memorable and valuable one, whereby they not only acquired new skills but also caught great values such as empathy and kindness.
All animals no matter what they are or how they look deserve a loving home and caring family to look after them. JAR aka Jaiya’s Animal Rescue is an organization that rescues stray and abandoned animals from the streets and unfavorable conditions. Once they have been rescued, JAR’s volunteers would bring the animals to be vaccinated, de-wormed and other medical attention. Even though the school does not officially work with Jaiya Animal Rescue but many of the senior school students have volunteered their time in helping the stray animals.
List of SSIS Community Service Activities in 2016/2017
Tentative list of CS activities:
Project Christmas Bag – Dec 2016 (Whole School)
This will be SSIS’ own initiative of filling up Christmas presents for Migrate students studying in Migrate schools located around Shanghai countryside.
The plan is to involve all SSIS students to befriend a migrate student first by corresponding with them via email or letter and eventually meeting up with them in person to handover the Christmas Gift.
We will also work on recycling some old computers to provide the migrate students with computers for them to keep in touch with technology.
SSIS is planning to include a community service component for all Excursions. All Grade 6 to Grade 11 will embark on a 5-days excursion as part of the curriculum requirement.
Donation drives through IFB for Stepping Stone I-care Project (Whole School)
Hua Xin Zhen Elder’s Home (MH Grade 5 & 6)
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